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Hi Les

Good to hear from you - we're basically all right health-wise with just the usual coughs and colds that go with the season, but nothing serious, thankfully.

As far as I know, there was no signage to identify the sheds, and the only sign in the area was a trespasser sign mounted on an old piece of rail at the top of the stairway which led from the walkway leading up to Ogilvy Place from the footbridge which I modelled last year. The sign has gone, but the rail is, I think, still there.

As to the Red Lichties, I've been following their progress through the season, and it's great to see their success - I might even go down to Gayfield to watch them given a day when the snell wind isn't blowing off the North Sea.

Thankfully I've now finished all the signal boxes which the layout requires and can move on to other necessary tasks - never be tempted to finish the modelling!

 

 

Wait - there is a day when the snell wind is not blowing off the North Sea!!! :no:

 

Not anytime that I have been up there (during the football season anyway)

 

Jim

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Out and about today round the station and caught these locos going about their daily duties.

 

Ex CR 0-4-4 arriving with a local from Forfar about to pass under the High Road Bridge at Guthrie Port with the ruins of the Abbey visible in the background.

 

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Moments later, a quick sprint catches the same train passing the North 'Box.

 

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A "few years later," a similar service is in the charge of one of the Dundee shedded Ivatt class 2's, no.46463, coming off the downward incline from St Vigeans Junction.

 

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Caught again passing the North 'Box.

 

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Nice to be able to recreate history from a long time ago................

 

 

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Up to now, the "Forfar" line leading to the northern return loops has been scenically undeveloped, with only the track ballasted and cesses coloured in.

A start has been made on a copy of the footbridge which spanned the line carrying a path from Arbroath to St Vigeans.

It was made mainly from wood and there were quite few similar ones around Angus and Perthshire.

Typically, its construction was quite complex, but the result is a light and attractive structure which will fill the bill very nicely.

Unusually, it has a straight span with no ramps as it ran across the top of a cutting - that's where the simple bit stops and the complications begin.

So far, I've cut out and fitted over 250 parts of microstrip, with the other balustrade to be done, but no effort, no result.........

 

Anyway here's a pic of progress so far.

 

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Once the bridge is finished, I'll need to make the cutting to take it. ho hum, lots of fun!

 

 

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An update on the Forfar line footbridge:-

 

A photo by the late Norrie Forrest of the real structure in May 1960 when the line to Forfar had previously been singled and by this time was out of use, although the signals look as though they're waiting to be pulled off for the next train...........

 

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When I was taking photos in 1973 the signal posts had been cut down and were lying on the trackbed - yes, I did measure them (!) - much more easy when they're lying flat rather than estimating their height when vertical.

 

A wartime aerial view with the Brothock water and the old mill lade snaking down the valley.

(The Brothock Water must have been re-routed when the Forfar line was built).

If you've good eyesight you can see "my" bridge slightly above the line of the mill lade - there was a pathway along the mill lade, under the ex-NBR Montrose line, then up and over the Forfar line and on to the village of St Vigeans.

The big mill pond is well seen at the bottom of the picture, while the ex-NBR North goods yard is full of stored wagons, and what looks like either short passenger coaches or goods vans. The St Vigeans Junction signal box is watching over the scene.

 

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And finally, progress on the model bridge - the supporting posts will be straightened up in due course!

 

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Start of landscaping the "Forfar" line to frame the new overbridge.

 

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This is the brutal "warts and all" stage when all of the support structures can be seen, but it serves to show the methods - old, but tried and tested.

Chicken wire, then plaster bandage to follow, then the greenery will be applied.

 

I chose some appropriate motive power - a very old Jamieson Lambie 0-6-0 and a much newer DJH O-4-4.

The signalman should get a pretty reasonable view down the line within the angle of the cutting sides.........

I've tried to beat the age-old problem of the track disappearing through a hole in the sky, but some judiciously planted vegetation may disguise the sudden exit.

 

(Comparison with the Norrie Forrest photo in the previous post should show what I'm trying to achieve).

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Hi Ken , I think I've sent greetings to someone else, or its gone off into the ether, so happy Xmas and new year,

Keeeeeeeep modelling!

Les

Hi Les

All the best to all and guid new year when it comes.

We're basically fine, but looking after a neighbour's cat as the owner in in hospital recovering from a fall in his kitchen.

Took some time to get an ambulance organised, but the neighbour is now in the right place for now.

As to modelling, if not modelling, what else is there????

Ken

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Not a great deal of progress just now, for some reason...........

However, the chicken wire fairy has been on her rounds and the cutting is taking shape.

 

Looking North towards the overbridge - the track in the foreground has unaccountably slewed itself, but no problem.

The 'box has acquired a new name, being now more correctly and geographically been named Inverbrothock Junction.

Apparently the hinterland away from the town is all best described as part of the Parish of Inverbrothock.

FYI, the Scottish term "Inver..." describes the confluence of two water courses, in this case the Brothock Water and the Hercules Burn - all useful but probably irrelevant detail!

 

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The second shot is looking back down the line to St Vigeans Junction and Arbroath.

 

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Next will be the messy but fun attack by the plaster bandage, probably in 2019.

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That's coming on well just were on the layout is it I have forgotten your track plan  enjoy slopping on the plaster bandage!

The "new" junction is on one of the removable boards leading to the upper storage loops, having taken the left line at St Vigeans Junction.

The layout plan on page 1 of this thread doesn't include this junction as it's been created quite recently.

You could call it layout development..........

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Making progress on the Inverbrothock valley line - current position attached.

 

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The path along the cutting needs a bit of support to stop the land above caving in, so coffee stirrers to the rescue as usual, (some being installed behind the signal 'box),- lots still to be done, but more atmosphere all the time, I think.

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Some progress on the lineside path today, and the siding laid in and ballasted - the wobble in the track alignment isn't obvious in reality - it only shows up when you point a camera at the scene!

 

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There's a post and wire fence to be made for the railway side of the path, so that'll occupy the brain cells for a few hours, no doubt.

Grass, bushes and the odd tree to be added as well.................

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Having tried to scratch build fence posts from this strip wood and encountering quite a few splits on the way, even before adding the wires, I decided to buy laser cut posts which are made from three ply wood and less susceptible to splitting and also benefit by being pre-drilled for the wires, and am now installing them along the line of the pathway above and across the line.

Because I used plaster bandage on chicken wire to form the cutting side, there isn't a deep foundation to drill into to take the posts, so I'm drilling another hole in the posts and adding a short wire at ground level, which will hopefully be firmly glued into the ground before adding the wire.

Time will tell, but the pics show progress today, giving an impression of how the completed fence will look.

 

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On 15/11/2018 at 13:38, luckymucklebackit said:

 

 

Wait - there is a day when the snell wind is not blowing off the North Sea!!! :no:

 

Not anytime that I have been up there (during the football season anyway)

 

Jim

Just as well I didn't go over to Arbroath yesterday - match abandoned after 11 minutes - the goalie couldn't kick the ball down the pitch against the wind and the ref. stopped play.........

Shame for the Stranraer supporters who had travelled half way across the country to support their team.

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On 11/02/2019 at 11:20, AJCT said:

What make are the laser-cut pre-drilled fence-posts ?  Could be just what I need !

 

Alasdair

They are by Scale Model Scenery and are just the ticket, I think - more photos of their installation today, hopefully.

scalemodelscenery.co.uk is their website.

Have fun!

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Added the wires to the fencing today - will need to paint/weather to tone down the "new" look.

 

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Good to see the fence following the contours - I'll have a rest now to get my eyes back in focus.......

I'll also use these photos to assist in tweaking some of the wires to make them look as though they are in tension.

 

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Been looking at my copy of Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen and lo and behold, on plate 194 there's a shot of Glen Mamie on a freight train with a double slip point on the rhs of the photo which has point locks on all four tracks - ask a silly question and you'll get a "helpful" answer - time to make a set of covers for mine which will look as though locks are fitted..........

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